Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Thai Airways International Public Company (Thai) have reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a strategic collaboration aimed at offering greater benefits to their customers.

The duo will focus on exploring opportunities for commercial partnership and ‘progressively code sharing more extensively on each other’s services.’ 

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said: “SIA and THAI have had a close relationship for many years, which we aim to strengthen through this comprehensive agreement. Both airlines have a loyal customer base, as well as extensive operations within South East Asia and around the world.

“This is a win-win opportunity to support the growth of our respective hubs and enhance the options and service offerings for our customers.” 

Under the MoU, the two airlines will initially codeshare each other’s flight services between Singapore and Bangkok.

Additionally, THAI will codeshare SIA’s flight services to Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

It will also codeshare SIA’s services to airports in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, US, as well as Vancouver, Canada.

Subject to regulatory approval, these codeshare agreements will be enacted by the first quarter of 2023.

Going forward, SIA and THAI will also explore additional codeshare arrangements to Thailand and Singapore and points in Europe, India, and South West Pacific routes.

THAI acting CEO Suvadhana Sibunruang said: “THAI and Singapore Airlines have shared a long-term relationship, and I am glad that this cooperation between the two airlines will certainly cater for the demand of travellers between Thailand, Singapore, and beyond.

“The codeshare arrangements will greatly benefit our customers in a range of service areas including the frequent flyer programme, customer experiences, lounge access, and airport ground services. The collaboration strengthens both the airlines’ networks as members of Star Alliance.”